DSV inaugurates its largest logistics centre in Africa
23 / 09 / 2021
By Rachelle Harry
Image source: DSV
DSV has opened a logistics headquarters for its Africa operations in Gauteng in South Africa.
Located near OR Tambo International Airport, between Johannesburg and Pretoria, the 130,000 sq m hub is result of DSV consolidating its South Africa operations into one “centralised facility”, which is the “largest of its kind” for the company in Africa.
In total, the facility is comprised of a 79,000 sq m logistics warehouse, a 41,000 sq m cross-dock facility and 10,000 sq m of office space.
The forwarder said the facility will help it to provide “seamless service to customers, which is an integral part of creating a strengthened and more efficient logistics network in South Africa”.
It added: “DSV’s divisions Air & Sea, Road Solutions, as well as the shared services function, will be inhabiting the new logistics centre, while other specific units such as healthcare and parts of mounties and solutions will continue out of their current specialised facilities.”
The Gauteng logistics centre was inaugurated at a virtual ceremony today.
Keith Pienaar, chief executive of DSV Africa, commented: “The inauguration of DSV Park Gauteng once again underlines DSV’s strong commitment to South Africa and our will to grow the business in the region. DSV Park Gauteng consolidates several smaller offices and warehouses around Johannesburg into one large, modern logistics centre.
“The foundation of our values and culture is to promote an inclusive workforce and sustainable business practices. One consolidated facility will enhance collaboration and offer truly integrated supply chain solutions for our clients and customers.”
Brian Almind Winther, executive vice president and head of group property at DSV, said: “With DSV Park Gauteng, DSV has developed a large-scale modern logistics centre which captures the essence of our consolidation strategy to create larger and more efficient facilities, enabling us to have many of our business units together under one single roof.
“We have packed the new DSV facility with solutions such as an innovative sorter that can handle 13,000 packages every single hour. Throughout the whole building process, we have also utilised our global experience to construct buildings where sustainability and resource optimisation have been fundamental in all processes.”
In addition, DSV said it is building a consolidating logistics centre in the Western Cape, named DSV Park Cape Town. The facility will be located near Cape Town International Airport and close to the harbour.